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Old 06-09-2010, 06:12 AM   #15
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I plan on each trip also, to include sights to see along with the DW, but we always have a back up plan too, for road closers, attractions that may be closed due to unseen conditions/weather/etc, once we did the (as I call it) "pack n go" trip, it wasn't bad, just need to know about the low bridges but that part was mention earler in the post.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:09 AM   #16
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We never make resorvations because we never know where we will be or when we will get there. We always try to stop around 4:00 or 5:00 PM and seldom had a problem finding a place to stay.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:17 AM   #17
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We also use the "Flip the coin" system aka, we'll see what we can get when we get there a lot. We also use C2C so some times must book 72 hrs ahead. Only once were we told we had to leave after a week, as Stone Mountain was having Annual Christmas Light Show and even overflow was full.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:05 AM   #18
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We just made our summer run to Maine in early May from Florida. The only rough spots we have found is the stretch from the PA/NY line through CT & MA. There just aren't many campgrounds along our way so we make a speed run from Newburgh NY to Freeport, ME.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:58 PM   #19
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The only time we make reservations is on holiday weekends. We have done this hundreds of nights without trouble. We sometimes end up doing some concrete boondocking, but we do that by design also. Most of the time when we leave in the morning, we don't know where we will end up. I can't count the times, we have discovered something interesting along the way and changed plans. This is routine for us and work very well.
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:23 PM   #20
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I do as AFChap. I drive about 300 miles/day max. or until we see something interesting. I get off the road about 3PM if we are staying in a CG that night and have never had to move on because everything was full. This also allows us time to relax, swim, grill our dinner, and take a walk to relieve our bodies of the tension built-up sitting for prolonged periods.
Just ditto this for us. Although, being retired and full timing certainly makes it much easier to do.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:25 AM   #21
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next week we will be heading to Springfield, Il. no plans just a "pack n go" thing, leaving friday coming home monday, as my wife is having surgery on tuesday so it will be short, we will not be taking the toad, but only plan we have is on friday night at the Il. state fair grds for the night , the rest will be " wanna stay here tonight or there"? wanna see this or that, this could be fun as we only done this once B-4,
we decided this last night.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:41 AM   #22
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I started camping with my parents in 1954. Got married in 1972 and my wife and I have camped every year. We have never reserved a site while traveling. We do however have reservations for the Memorial Day, July4 and Labor day holidays.
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Old 06-10-2010, 06:43 AM   #23
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We have made that same trip thru PA to Maine a few times during the summer months (the vacation season). My plan is to give the DW something to do when we decide what time we want to stop. She then gets the Woodall's or Good Sam CG books out. We generally stay in a CG with the exception of days we want to cover some ground.

With the price of diesel/gas this summer you likely will not have any problems getting a spot if you call ahead.

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Old 06-10-2010, 07:18 AM   #24
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You might want to stop at a Flying J and purchase a Motor Carriers' Road Atlas. It has about 50 pages in front listing info (bridge clearances, etc.) by state. It shows highways that are approved truck routes. About $10 -- well worth the money.
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If you get stuck in Maine. Send me a PM. Pretty sure we can suggest a wide spot in the road for you to pull over.
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Most of us have schedules that we have had to follow for most of our lives. Rving is a different animal, Relax, go with the Flow, it always works out, have fun, Gene

One more thing, i would not be caught dead without my Cobra Truckers GPS. Keeps us away from those bridges less than 13'6", G
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My idea of a good day driving is not to start before 10 AM and stop before 2 PM.LOL
Seriously, We have traveled from Ca to Maine and the only reservations ahead of time would be holiday weekends. I do usually call ahead a few hours before arrival once I know general vicinity wife checks the Trailer Life book for possible campgrounds. Like you I also like to land for 2-3 days minimum.
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I've always been someone who plans things out. Probably due to my military background. Same with a vacation. Not each day but an overall plan with reservations.

Next week we along with another couple of friends are taking our RV's up to Maine for 12-14 days. We will travel secondary highways, through PA taking our time. No reservations or plans have been made. We have places of interests in mind but we will just go where we like, when we like.

This is new to me but I'm excited to try it out this way. My only concerns are if we can't find a CG with openings. We intend to use a CG every 2-3 days to rest/relax. My only guideline was not to spend everyday driving all day. We both are bringing our toads too.

Is this a good idea or are we setting ourselves up for dissappointment?
My wife and I do it all the time. Do not miss "The Grand Cannyon Of Pa." I took my wife and granddaughter there a couple of years ago and it is just fantastic. We stayed in Lenord Harrison State Park which is way out in the boonies but very much worth it. The views are unbeleiveable if you like pure nature.
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